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Exchange You Can Believe In

Just because American influence has vanished abroad and American sovereignty has been surrendered at the southern border doesn't mean that back in Washington all the old Obama scandals aren't still rumbling on, delightfully unspoilt by progress. For example, the latest Obamacare exemption has just been proclaimed by King Barack's Lord Privy Seal of Approval: Residents of American territories (Guam, the US Virgin Islands, etc) have been graciously released by His Majesty from compliance with the ...

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Fields of Blood

The two big international headlines of the moment are the downing of the Malaysian jet over Ukraine and Israel's incursion into Gaza. On the face of it, these two stories don't have much in common, but they are in fact part of the same story. To know Israel it helps to know Ukraine, and to know Ukraine it helps to know Israel. ~This weekend marks the 70th anniversary of the day the Soviets re-took the city of Lviv (or Lvov, according to taste) in the western Ukraine, and ended a three-year ...

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Steyn's Song of the Week

Cinderella Rockefella

What with all the Jew-hate around on the streets of Europe in recent days, I thought it would be nice to have a big Europop hit from that fleeting cultural moment when the Continentals regarded Israel not merely as a normal sovereign state but in fact a rather cool and enviable one. Half-a-century ago there was a slightly goofy Israeli zeitgeist that made global stars of such unlikely figures as Topol.

The great cultural artifact of the era was a nutty novelty song that I last heard in London a couple of years back. Zapping my remote, I came across one of those Channel 4 specials in which various style gurus dote snidely on naff pop culture. In this case, it was the all-time Top Ten duets: there was John Travolta and Olivia Newton-John in Grease, Frank and Nancy doing "Somethin' Stupid", a ton of Peters and Lee – and Esther and Abi Ofarim singing this...

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The Coyote-in-Chief

A few highlights from Mark's stint behind the Golden Eib Microphone on America's Number One radio show

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The Nationalization of Childhood

American police and the criminalization of parenting

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A Rare Point of Agreement

Native Europeans and their restive Muslim populations don't agree on much, except when it comes to...

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Mark's Mailbox

More Than A Warmin'

Another week of lively letters from SteynOnline readers

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Ave atque vale

Chemistry Lessons

James Garner was one of those actors who was watchable in almost anything, even commercials. He had great sexual chemistry, which is why his leading ladies loved working with him. For my money, when it comes to Sixties sex comedies, he was better with Doris Day than Rock Hudson was, and not just for the obvious reason. In Move Over, Darling, Doris and Polly Bergen crank it up a tad too much too soon, and it's Garner dialing it back and reeling it in who keeps the picture's contrivances from ...

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Mark at the Movies

Fahrenheit 9/11

A decade ago, Fahrenheit 9/11 opened to critical acclaim and fawning profiles of its creator, Michael Moore. Harry Reid and the Senate Democrats organized a special screening at the Capitol, and at the party convention a few weeks later Moore was seated next to Jimmy Carter in the presidential box - a signal honor for someone who on the very day of 9/11 had complained that al-Qaeda had hit Gore-voting states rather than Bush states, as if Mohammed Atta cared one jot about which infidel you ...

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Defend Free Speech!

Year Three Begins

Thank you to many SteynOnline readers around the world who've continued to support my pushback against the climate mullahs by buying our exclusive range of Steyn Vs The Stick trial merchandise, not to mention our new SteynOnline gift certificates and all the other fun stuff - books, CDs, mugs and more - over at the Steyn store. This week my campaign for free speech marked a grim milestone. After denying there was any such thing for its first decade or so, the Big Climate enforcers now concede ...

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Ave atque vale

When the Bongos Fall Silent...

Mark remembers Broadway's archetypal tough old broad, and a characteristic encounter...

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Mann vs Steyn

Football and Hockey

The Corner post that launched a lawsuit...

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